Down and dirty for a good cause

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There are still some places up for grabs in Carnoustie’s first fund-raising adventure race which is due to take place next month.

The Goppin Challenge is coming to Barry Buddon training camp on Sunday, April 26, and will be raising funds for the Royal Marine Association.

‘Goppin’, literally Royal Marine slang for ‘nasty, awful or disgusting’ is the idea of former bootneck and Carnoustie man Tom Parker.

As you might expect Tom has lots of nasty surprises in store for entrants to the adventure obstacle race which he hopes will be a fun, as well as testing experience.

He said: “Goppin is designed for both teams and individuals.

“You don’t need to be a seasoned adventure racer to take part and this would be a great opportunity to get together a group of friends or maybe a team from your work and have some dirty fun and raise money for a great cause at the same time.”

Last year’s Goppin challengers enjoyed eight miles of scrambling over mudbanks, kayaking, devilish obstacles and much more, but Tom is keeping his cards close to his chest.

He said: “Plain and simple the Goppin Challenge is going to be a beast. At the end of it you’re going to know yourself and your friends a bit better.”

Tom ran the first Goppin Challenge in Taunton last year and it was such a success that he decided to bring it back to his hometown and continue to raise money for the RMA, a cause close to his heart having left the Royal Marines in 2012.

He explained: “Fund-raising for the RMA to me is massive, they provide much needed funds and support to serving and former RM and families.

“There are various branches throughout the UK made up of serving and former RM trying to raise whatever they can to carry on providing the care and support they currently offer.

“Without fund-raising events such as the ‘Goppin’ Challenge, there would be a risk of future help being available to those who require it.”

This year’s challenge is also being supported by Carnoustie based firm Angus Healthy Living.

You can register online at with £5 of the £35 registration fee going straight to the RMA.

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